Monday, November 23, 2009
Christmas arrived about a month early for some local families today as Youthville, one of the largest child welfare agencies in Kansas, donated cars to four deserving families.
One of the four who received a donated car today was Jon Trotter. Jon is a senior in high school who has been in foster care for nine years. He also has a job and plays sports.
"I do four sports, and all of that requires driving. Getting to practice and going home... it will make it a lot easier now," Trotter said.
Jon and the others were nominated by Youthville staff. They had to write an essay explaining why they needed a car. Youthville President and CEO Shelley Duncan says it wasn’t easy, because so many families need a vehicle.
She says seeing a guy like Jon, who works so hard despite the hand life has dealt, makes it all worth it.
According to Youthville, more than 7,000 children and adults use its services, including counseling, residential treatment, foster care and adoption.